LaVar Ball went on ESPN’s “First Take” on Monday morning to talk about the inclusion of his son, Lonzo Ball, in the trade package for Anthony Davis.
Unfortunately for LaVar, he couldn’t stop himself from making host Molly Qerim extremely uncomfortable.
“You can switch gears with me anytime.”
LaVar is back!pic.twitter.com/hwvS9WHtFF
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Ball didn’t seem to realize that his comment was an inappropriate thing to say to someone during a live interview that’s ostensibly about basketball.
Qerim didn’t mention that moment for the rest of the broadcast, but did appear to refer to it at the very end of the show.
“If anyone’s calling HR today, it’s me.”
Molly Qerim jokes about calling HR after awkward exchange with LaVar Ball pic.twitter.com/4NMhhyBFxd
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It’s not clear if ESPN learned any lesson from this incident, but the network did strongly condemn Ball’s comment.
Here’s what an ESPN spokesperson said about the incident,
“LaVar Ball’s comment to Molly Qerim Rose was completely inappropriate and we made him aware of that.”
Ball’s representative Denise White released a statement on behalf of Ball. Via TMZ:
“[LaVar] was asked if he wanted to switch gears, in his mind switching gears was ‘changing the subject anytime’ and he said, ‘yes, you can switch gears with me anytime.’ At NO time was that intended or meant to be sexual in nature.”
You just know LaVar is about to drop a new T-Shirt.
Check out some pics of the object of LaVar’s affection below:
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